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Accessible Housing: A Rare Find in Toronto

Accessible housing

If you or someone you know uses a mobility device, you know that finding accessible housing is extremely difficult. Even more difficult is finding an apartment or condo to rent. I experienced this a few weeks ago. I went to see a condo that was advertised as accessible but it was not.

On the housing side, once you decide what area you want to live in there are real estate agents such as Jeffrey Kerr of Remax that will help you find what will hopefully be your forever home.

In regards to apartments or condos, you will have to do way more research. Accessible units for rent in Toronto are VERY hard to find. If that isn’t frustrating enough, units that are advertised as “wheelchair accessible” aren’t 100% barrier free. Some places such as Tobias House are far better equipped to other places but still aren’t completely accessible. The doors might not be wide enough, the counters and cupboards could be too high and the list can go on.  Unfortunately if it is a condo you are looking for, your best bet is pre-construction condos where you can instruct the developer on what your requirements are BEFORE the condo is even built.

For those of you that uses a mobility device such as wheelchair or scooter, the items you need to be aware of as you seek out housing are:

If all these things are accessible to a wheelchair user, it allows the person to live independently and maintain a sense of dignity.

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